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FOLLOW THROUGH - GRANTS TO LOCAL EDUCATION AGENCIES

AND OTHER PUBLIC AND PRIVATE NON-PROFIT AGENCIES,

ORGANIZATIONS AND INSTITUTIONS TO PROVIDE COMPREHENSIVE

SERVICES TO LOW-INCOME CHILDREN IN THE PRIMARY GRADES

(CFDA No. 84.014)

I, PROGRAM PROFILE

Legislation: The Follow Through Act; Subchapter C of Chapter 8 of Subtitle
A of Title VI of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981 (Public Law
97-35). Section 561(a) of Chapter 2 of the Education Consolidation and
Improvement Act of 1981 consolidates Follow Through into the Chapter 2
Block Grant program on a phased basis (20 U.S.C. 3811). (Expires September
30, 1986)

Funding Since 1980:

Fiscal Year    Authorization      Appropriation

1980           $ 85,000,000      $ 44,250,000

1981             100,000,000         26,250,000

1982              44,300,000         19,440,000

1983              22,150,000         19,440,000

1984              14,767,000         14,767,000

Purpose: To assist the overall development of children enrolled in
kindergarten through third grade from low-income families and to amplify
the educational gains made by such children in Head Start and other similar
preschool programs by (1) implementing innovative educational approaches;
(2) providing comprehensive support services; (3) conducting the programs
in a context of effective community service and parent involvement; and
(4) documenting those models found to be effective.

Eligibility: Grants since 1972 have been made only on a continuation basis;
i.e., to be eligible for a Follow Through grant an applicant must have
received a Follow Through grant in the preceding fiscal year.

Program Act.iy.1ties: Follow Through provides discretionary grants to local
educational agencies (LEAs) to operate projects; to institutions of higher
education and regional laboratories to develop and sponsor the instructional
models used in Follow Through sites; and to selected local projects to
conduct demonstration activities. For each project, an LEA is required to
use an innovative instructional model; provide comprehensive services and
special activities in the areas of physical and mental health, social
services, and nutrition; and conduct the program with effective community
service and parental involvement. Some large districts use more than one
model and thus have multiple projects. Nineteen of the 68 projects
participating in Follow Through also function as Resource Centers anc!
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